Weekly Digest–July 25, 2012







There’s a new certificate program through The University of Maryland,  Baltimore County (UMBC), the Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship.  This elite, one year post-baccalaureate program features a collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Music Director and OrchKids, the largest El Sistema-inspired program in the US. Only within the UMBC Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship can students experience firsthand the inner workings of a major U.S. orchestra, the BSO, and the premier and most sought after El Sistema-inspired music program in the U.S., OrchKids.

 This new Certificate program begins in late August, 2012 and will include courses / internships of 15 graduate credits.  The application deadline is August 10.
See http://www.umbc.edu/music/ programs/entrepreneurship.php

and http://www.umbc.edu/blogs/umbcnews/2012/07/umbc_announces_nations_first_p_1.html

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After a long blogging hiatus, partly due to a change in my professional role at Mizzou, I’m finally returning to the blogosphere. As the first article in a couple of months, I wanted to write today about the question of artist identity in the 21st century. This is a sprawling topic, but also one that has personal implications for every creative professional.
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Weekly Digest – Aussie-style!


This week’s digest comes to you from Cairns, Australia, where I’m enjoying a vacation with my extended family. Between the walkabouts, and all the prawns on the barbie, I’m taking a moment to draw your attention to this exciting continent by featuring Australian music and Australian news sources this week.

Highest individual accolade for an outstanding contribution to the music of Australia: Jon Rose

An interesting history of the folk music of Australia: Convict Folk Songs

Jazz scene: a live music renaissance in Sydney

Music and the Media: Government regulation in Australia and abroad

An Overview: Australian Music

Sydney’s Opera House: Easily one of the world’s most recognized music halls, here’s all you need to know!

Something of Substance
I wanted to offer you something substantial and non-textual this week. So…

and speaking of substance…

Read a Book (maybe even this one)

Slate reviews an exciting looking new book (remember those?) on John Cage.  Written by an art critic, not a musicologist, it goes into specific and exacting detail on the non-musical ideas and people that influence Cage’s compositional development.

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage

Nano Guitars

Alan, but not this Alan
2 items featuring Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic. The second one in particular is something different from what we usually get to see and hear when discussing support for the arts

Philharmonic 360 – Surround Sound Through the Centuries 
(from NYtimes.com – this might count against your monthly article

The Corporate Raider and the Composer
     A provocative piece by Bard College’s John Halle on certain ethical
aspects of private arts patronage.

If I Won the Lottery

Moving from the ethics of production to the ethics of consumption, we here at IPAP were, once again, slightly ahead of the curve last month when we posted David Lowery’s article on the economics of downloading that was originally published on our wordpress.com sister-site The Trichordist. Well, soon thereafter, Mr. Lowery published a follow-up piece that set fire to my little corner of the internet, if nowhere else.  Whereas his previous essay focused primarily on the relationship between content-providers and artist, this piece explores many of those same issues within the context of the artist/audient relationship.

      A Letter to Emily White
               (for anyone who’s interested, Emily White’s original NPR piece
can be found here:  I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With

Happy 4th of July!!!!

July 4, 2012

The weekly digest will return tomorrow.

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